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Mating of LVA
September 17, 2004
Mating of LVA
Meet Lucy as she prepares for the first journey to the Trojan asteroids, small bodies orbiting in tandem with Jupiter.
Lucy's Journey: Episode 2 - 'The Adventure Begins'
NASA's Cassini scientists waited years for the right conditions to produce the first movie that shows lightning on another planet - Saturn.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn for nearly 13 years, is beginning its Grand Finale — and it's thanks to some Crazy Engineering! A team of engineers called astrodynamicists use ma...
Crazy Engineering: Astrodynamics
This artist's concept shows the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent sequence.
Huygens Descent Sequence
NASA's Cassini spacecraft stared at Saturn for nearly 44 hours on April 25 to 27, 2016, to obtain this movie showing just over four Saturn days.
Staring at Saturn
Meet NASA's new Mars rover – Perseverance
Learn why NASA studies volcanoes and how volcanoes on Earth can teach us about volcanoes on other worlds in our solar system.
Erupting Volcano Demonstration
The Dawn spacecraft visited the asteroid 4 Vesta for the time period May 3, 2011 to Sept. 5, 2012.
Dawn's Approach to Vesta
This movie presents a series of animations showing NASA's Dawn spacecraft traveling to and operating at the giant asteroid Vesta.
Animation of Dawn's Visit to Vesta
This movie sequence shows highlights of the Cassini spacecraft's Sept. 26, 2005, flyby of the odd, icy moon Hyperion.
Flight to Hyperion
Sunsets in July come with an added bonus: a brilliant gem low in the western sky, calling to us to come and explore its many mysteries. This is Venus – our nearest planetary neighbor.
What's Up: July 2021 [Video]
NASA has dozens of robotic spacecraft exploring our solar system – and beyond. So how exactly do we navigate spacecraft that are so far away?
How Do We Know Where Faraway Spacecraft Are?
Filters, pixels and math star in this narrated cartoon.
How Does a Spacecraft Take a Picture?
Explore Earth's magnetic 'dent'
Earth's Magnetic Dent
Ceres' lack of giant impact basins presents a puzzle to scientists.
Ceres' Missing Large Craters
This sequence of images shows the Sun from its surface to its upper atmosphere and in order of temperature from the first one at 6,000 degrees C on the surface out to about 10 million degrees C.
From Hot to Hottest
NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will make history's first attempt at powered flight on another planet.
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: Attempting the First Powered Flight on Mars
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2021.
NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Successfully Completes First Flight
This graphic shows a 3-D model of 98 geysers whose source locations and tilts were found in a Cassini imaging survey of Enceladus' south polar terrain by the method of triangulation.
Geyser Basin in 3-D (video)
We know what the Red Planet looks like from the outside – but what's going on under the surface of Mars?
Mars in a Minute: What's Inside Mars?
NASA’s Psyche mission is preparing for a 1.5 billion-mile (2.4 billion-kilometer) trip to a metal-rich asteroid with the same name.
NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Prepares for Trip to Asteroid by Testing Solar Arrays
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989.
The most prominent jets of vapor and icy particles emerging from the south polar terrain of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are shown here in graphical form in a movie clip of a “rotating” Enceladus.
Reconstructing the Past on Enceladus
This infrared movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the churning of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon."
Hexagon in Silhouette
This animation based on data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows how the “explosions” of hot plasma on the night side (orange and white) periodically inflate Saturn’s magnetic field (white ...
Saturn's Hot Plasma Explosions
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New Horizons continues to shed light on the mysterious planets and smaller bodies of the outer solar system.
New Horizons Team Discusses Discoveries from the Kuiper Belt
Research reveals a new explanation for how the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa rotates at a different rate than its interior.
Ocean Currents May Affect Rotation of Europa's Icy Crust
Based on observations from several NASA missions, the map details the path of the Moon’s shadow as it crosses the contiguous U.S. during eclipses in 2023 and 2024.
New NASA Map Details 2023 and 2024 Solar Eclipses in the US
Venus may be losing heat from geologic activity in regions called coronae, possibly like early tectonic activity on Earth.
Venus' ‘Squishy' Outer Shell May Be Resurfacing the Planet
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